“HOW THEY SEE” RUKA PERU


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The first mission of  THE DANIEL MALKA PHOTO PROJECT takes place in the community of RUKA, in the Province of Cusco.

In a paradisiacal setting at 3500 meters above sea level, live peacefully 25 families (200 population) in a community: RUKA.

Ruka is an other one of the many rural communities of the more than magical Peruvian Andes. Another little community with no running water, basic intermittent electricity and malnutrition problems.

Most families live of the land, potatoes, potatoes and more potatoes. Corn and carrots also grow in Ruka.  As far as protein go, Guinea Pig, chicken or a can of tuna are consumed on rare occasions. During the dry season, many of the men from Ruka work as porters for tourists on the Inka Trail. That is their source of income.

The others, work the land. Ruka falls under an irrigation project developed by the government and municipality giving work to about 15 men.

The women of Ruka, help with the tasks of the land, take care of the children, the animals, and manufacture by hand all the fabrics they use. Some of the hand-woven fabrics are sold to market merchants.

Needless to say, Ruka is very poor. As I was there for 2 weeks, I supplied Advil fo tooth aches and other pains.

Ruka is one of the many communities that have no access by car. There is a narrow trail of about 2 km uphill that takes you there. These communities get no, or very little help from NGOs because of their difficult access.

Although the Government of Peru is helping a lot in rural areas, the task is Huge and we all need to help, not only as NGOs, but mostly as human beings.

The children of Ruka wear skimpy clothes, sandals and  traditional Poncho.


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The temperatures at night and in the morning are close to zero degrees.

The goal of The Daniel Malka Project in Ruka was to give a basic education in story telling and photography to the children.

The results were impressive. The children are starving to learn and express themselves: first verbally, then through drawing and last through the lens.

My directions were simple: please tell us your story of Ruka, your home, friends, family, what you think is important to you. Let the other children from Peru to other countries how the children of Ruka live, play and work.

They did. They did it with smiles, discovering a new way of expression. They did with passion, with hope with joy. They showed up at my door 3 hours before class. They wanted to go on although the sun was down and it was freezing.


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With the same courage and determination as they walk to school for 1 to 2 hours and every morning and back, independently of the weather.

The children of Ruka are little heroes, all with chronic colds, they come home and help with family tasks. They do everything with a smile.

The children of Ruka suffer from parasites due to water contamination, they walk and run all year round with sandals.

The children of Ruka need our help. Moreover they deserve it.

I think that their photographs from HOW THEY SEE, tell us a story about intelligent, determined, courageous, respectful and creative children that deserve the same basic necessities, affection and opportunity as my daughter.

Having shoes for the winter,   for the rainy season, sweater and coats for the winter, medication for the chronic infections, a visit by a doctor every 2 months, proper nutrition, books, paper, pencils…

Many friends and volunteers are working to help.

If you want to contribute in funds or by shipping or buying supplies, please contact us at:

contact@malkaphotoproject.org

You can also do it by donation here 

On behalf of the children of Ruka  and our team we thank you.


YOU CAN HELP THEM TOO!
DONATING CAMERAS OR PHOTOGRAPHIC GEAR, BECOMING A FRIEND OF THE PROJECT, AS A PARTNER, SUPPORT AS A FOUNDATION OR DONATING IN KIND. EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS, A DOLLAR FEEDS A KID FOR A DAY IN THAT COMMUNITY.

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